I faced two issues in the design and maintenance of this site:
- A large majority of the user base for this site was still on dial-up (a significantly larger percentage than one would ordinarily encounter in the early 2000s)
- There was a limited amount of storage space available for the site and its contents (the largest amount being taken by online audio)
Keeping the former issue in mind, I strove for a light, yet aesthetically pleasing, design. Specific to the storage of audio — a sample seen in the accompanying image — both issues drove the use of RealAudio files (which were significantly smaller than MP3s, and therefore also loaded faster). These were kept around much longer than the MP3s (which usually just spanned the last 10 teachings).
In the mid-to-late 1990s, I worked for The Lighthouse electronic Magazine, the first Christian music e-zine. Though I am obviously biased, I also consider it to have been the best of its class for quite some time, as even the industry’s main print magazine was years behind us with its web presence.
During my time with TLeM, I wrote reviews, conducted interviews, consulted on design, and acted as reviews editor, managing a staff of 50 volunteer music reviewers and editing their submissions.
As well as the fact that it concerned a subject about which I was passionate, my time with TLeM was invaluable to me in further honing my writing and editing skills and in the beginning of crafting my skills as a team leader.